Mike Sexton is poker’s consummate promoter. He’s well-known for his contributions to the sport and his commitment to raising poker’s profile around the world. In 2009, Mike was voted to the Poker Hall of Fame for his contributions both on and off of the felt.
Mike’s hard work and dedication have allowed him to successfully achieve his goals. He attended Ohio State University where he received a full four-year scholarship after winning a state championship title in gymnastics. It was during his time at college where Mike developed his life-long passion for the sport of poker.
Upon graduation Mike joined the 82nd Airborne Division in Ft. Bragg as a paratrooper. After completing his service, Mike stayed in North Carolina working as a salesman and playing poker at night. Realizing that he could make a living playing cards, he left his day job to become a professional poker player.
In 1985, Mike made the jump to Las Vegas where his dedication to the sport prevailed. Mike won a WSOP bracelet in Seven-Card Stud Split in 1989. From there, he has amassed well over $2.7 million in prize money and become a regular fixture in tournaments.
In June 2006, Mike battled it out on the felt with Daniel Negreanu at the WSOP Tournament of Champions to win his second gold bracelet and pocket $1 million. However, he elected to donate half his winning to several charities. As a sound commentator for the WPT and successful player in the poker circuit, Mike has become and always will be a great in the poker community.
In Season XV, Sexton entered the illustrious WPT Champions Club with a victory in the WPT Montreal Main Event at Playground Poker Club.
Mike Sexton is truly an ambassador of the sport and a pioneer for charities outside of poker.